Swansea has been selected as the first city in the UK to pilot Doctorless GP surgeries to help deal with the backlog of patients.
The scheme will see the introduction of Amazon Alexa style personal assistants who will use technology to diagnose ailments. The initiative will also help surgeries to turnaround patient visits quicker and allow appointments to occur out of hours, leading to reduced waiting times.
Government health spokesperson Theresa Connell said: “This is an exciting initiative which was rolled out across Swansea yesterday. Early results are showing that less people died in the last 24 hours than since the NHS was formed in 1948, it’s an impressive start.
“We’ve worried for some time about how we deal with the growing, needy population and making sure we have enough GPs to cope with the demand, but all we need to do is buy one of these little boxes and the problem is solved.
“Patients walk into a GP’s room and explain to the system what their symptoms are and it’ll give them a diagnosis and recommend medication. Also if you fancy making a coq au vin it’ll reel off the ingredients and advise on how to make it.”
Patient Pete Bowen from Morriston was one of the first to use the service, he said: “At first I was disgruntled with the whole concept and as I walked in I muttered “what’s the point?”. Then the little box said “The point is a particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map, object, or surface” and I realised this thing is clever.
“Unfortunately it was clever enough to deny me the diazepam I was trying to get my hands on so I could get myself a bit messed up that night, but it did give me very concise directions to a well rated and competitively priced Valium dealer 0.3 miles away from my house.”
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